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the week began with a orientation meeting with the teachers, a mixer/playdate with the other kids, a school beautification day spent gardening, obligatory school supply shopping, and then — finally — a real first day in the classroom.
looking back, it all went, mostly, without a hitch. couple teary eyes from mommy and papi on the first walk over. two or three days of “i don’t wanna go” at the end of the first full week. but now, she owns the school — and the teachers seem pleased as punch to have her.
the district provides universal pre-school and pre-kindergarden, but only has a set number of seats available so makes people go through a lottery process — even if you live in boundry for the school you want to attend.
as a result, we “got” to apply to half a dozen public schools and about three dozen charters, all to make sure sparklet has some place to go in September.
we made it into Bancroft, our first choice, and didn’t even get wait listed. we also lucked out by getting into E.L. Haynes, Appletree Early Learning in Columbia Heights, and one other whose name is escaping me, so we would have had options had Bancroft not come through.
our favorite moment though, was the rejection letter we got from one of the most prestigeous pre-schools in the city, which read something like:
congratulations! you’ve made the wait list for our school, and are 697th in line for a position in our pre-school class. we’re proud to say that we had over 700 applicants this year…
think that qualifies for not understanding the audience you’re communicating with, or at least not personalizing your messages to their specific recipients.